Year: 2003
UK: Cinefile
Cast: Jean Reno, Gerard Depardieu, Andre Dussollier, Richard Berry, Leonor Varela, Aurelien Recoing, Jean-Pierre Malo, Ticky Holgado, Michel Aumont, Laurent Gamelon, Edgar Givry, Jean-Michel Noirey, Vincent Moscato, Loïc Brabant, Arnaud Cassand, Adrien Saint-Jore, Johan Libereau, Guy Delamarche, Rebecca Potok, Stephane Boucher, Ludovic Berthillot, Thierry Ashanti, Pierre Rousselle, Michaël Troude, Norbert Haberlick, Antoine Blanquefort
Director: Francis Veber
Country: France
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 85 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains strong language and moderate violence
UK Release Date: 13 October 2006 (Limited Release)
UK Distributor


FOLLOWING in the same fine comic tradition of director Francis Veber's previous hits, LE PLACARD aka THE CLOSET and LE DÎNER DE CONS aka THE DINNER GAME, the plot relies heavily on cars, cell phones and sudden bursts of superhuman strength as Jean Reno and Gerard Depardieu repeatedly hop out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Quentin (Gerard Depardieu) is far too literal-minded to succeed as a crook. But what he lacks in intellect he makes up for in brute strength. Yet Quentin likes to talk the way most of us like to breathe (hence the title). Ruby (Jean Reno) on the other hand is the strong silent type who has managed to hide £15 million purloined from his rival before ending up in a cell with Quentin who mistakes Ruby's silence for good listening skills. A great, completely one-sided friendship is born.

This is Depardieu's fifth performance in a Francis Veber film (after LA CHeVRE, LES COMPeRES, LES FUGITIFS and LE PLACARD) and clearly the collaboration must be mutually satisfying.